Alcyone is a publication of Bloodstone Press, which was founded in Carbondale, Illinois, in 2017. Bloodstone is not currently accepting submissions.
Busting the Beautiful Cage: Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on Nikumaroro Island
by Paul David Adkins
It seems we were trapped forever in 2020, with so many people stranded within their houses, their rooms, their studies. So many didn’t make it. But it is from this vantage that we survivors may relate to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan’s desperation on Nikumaroro Island: severed from the world, watching storms and carnivorous crabs stalk their tiny camp like viral hosts.
Similarly to the forsaken aviators in Busting the Beautiful Cage, we have the choice, the chance, to live, if even for a month, a week, a day. And we take that chance for all it’s worth. Oblivious to our plight, we stand naked on the beach, open-mouthed and laughing in sluices of rain, kicking the cast of murderous crabs beneath the hammers of surf.
Everything We Want
by Wayne-Daniel Berard
With the world on the verge of total economic collapse, a President initiates a radical solution: anyone working full-time gets an EWW card—Everything We Want. With it they can buy anything, as much as they want, as often as they want. The economy booms. But not everyone is thrilled with this utopia; the ARTS—poets, painters, musicians—can’t prove their work hours, and the GUTS—wandering ascetics—reject all materialism. Plus, mysterious serial killers are culling the ranks of the EWWS. It’s Detective Third Class Norah Glantz’s first big case, and she finds herself working with ART Bezazle (an attractive, eccentric artist) and his companion même (an empath who mimes your innermost feelings). With them, Norah will face the murderous Wolfpack as well as questions of her own core identity.
Leonidas Ravenwood joined Admiral Moore’s Human Liberation Army with the goal of eliminating the bird-like volucri and protecting his family. He didn’t anticipate the volucri would learn his identity and bring the fight to him. When Leonidas’s home is attacked and his daughter is abducted, he learns how little his life and those of his family members mean to the Admiral. This becomes doubly terrifying when Leonidas’s wife Septima volunteers to join the HLA in the hope that its resources will help her to find their daughter and Leonidas is ordered to train her to kill. In this print and Kindle release of Mandi Jourdan’s novella that marks the opening of Bloodstone Press, two flash fiction pieces and a short story within the Warhawks universe are included.
The Sci-Fi Dreams of a Little Girl
by Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter
In this chapbook from Bloodstone Press, poet Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter uses her love of science-fiction to explore her experiences and reflect on the 1950s American family.